As the beer scene in Bellingham and Whatcom County continues to expand and defy any preconceived expectations of its growth, it’s interesting to note how many from our brewing community came to their beer making from vastly different walks of life. Most – if not all – embarked on careers in disparate fields, found themselves awash in vocational conflict and left their industries to follow their hearts to the brewing process. Here’s some of the stories behind the beer you love.
Wander Brewing’s Chad Kuehl, 37, was an industrial engineer working as a technology consultant in British Columbia in his younger years, but gradually realized that desk work was not his cup of tea – or growler, as it were. “I wanted to work more with my hands,” he reflected. “I wanted to be on my feet and at the end of the day, I wanted something tangible I could hold in my hands.”